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avatar James M. Dorsey
Dr. James M. Dorsey, a non-resident Senior Associate at the BESA Center, is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture.

ARTICLES BY: James M. Dorsey

March 24, 2023 9:36 am

With Iran-Saudi Deal, China Makes Mideast Inroads and the UAE Takes Action

A Chinese-mediated Saudi-Iranian reconciliation potentially casts a spotlight on fundamentally flawed security policies of regional powers, including not only Saudi Arabia and Iran, but also...

March 23, 2023 10:05 am

Arab States and Russia Want to Rehabilitate Syria, Despite Bloody War

A push by Arab allies of the United States to bring Syria in from the cold highlights the limits of a Chinese-mediated rapprochement between the...

March 21, 2023 10:13 am

Saudi-Iranian Détente Could Spark Paradigm Shifts

Chinese mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran potentially signals paradigm shifts in Middle Eastern diplomacy and alliances. Sources also say that Bahrain, the Shiite-majority Gulf state...

March 15, 2023 10:10 am

As Ramadan Approaches, Debates About Islamic Reform Continue

Reform of Islamic jurisprudence was the elephant in the room when two prominent Saudi clerics clashed publicly about whether apostasy was punishable with death under...

March 9, 2023 11:25 am

Iran Ramps Up Its Conflict with Saudi Arabia

If there is one place Saudi Arabia was happy to be low on the totem pole, it was Iran. Those days are over. Strategic thinkers...

March 2, 2023 11:07 am

How US Security Cooperation Can Help Defeat China in the Arab Gulf

If played well, security is the United States' trump card in stabilizing relations with its Gulf partners and competing with China for regional influence. In a...

February 28, 2023 11:35 am

Saudi Sports Bids Are Unlikely to Lead to Meaningful Change

Even before it officially launched, Saudi Arabia's bid to host the 2030 World Cup is on thin ice. The bid suggests that Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

February 22, 2023 1:50 pm

The UAE Is Playing Both Sides in Israel and the US; But That Has Limits

The United Arab Emirates has mastered playing both sides against the middle. In the game’s latest iteration, the Gulf state earned significant brownie points in Washington...

February 8, 2023 12:10 pm

Who Are the Genuine Muslim Moderates?

If you think Islamic scholars discussing the religious legitimacy of the United Nations and the nation-state will put you to sleep, think again. A call by...

February 6, 2023 11:27 am

Protests in Iran: A Middle Eastern Déjà Vu

A recent survey of Iranian public opinion suggests that the lack of confidence in a Middle Eastern regime is starkest in Iran, although crisis-wracked Lebanon,...

January 18, 2023 12:01 pm

Despite Saudi Competition, UAE Thrives as Middle East Business Hub

If real estate is anything to go by, Dubai is snubbing its nose at Saudi efforts to replace it as the Middle East's go-to business...

January 16, 2023 10:40 am

For the UAE and Others, It’s Business as Usual with Israel

For the United Arab Emirates, it’s business as usual as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s newly formed government is generating controversy at home and abroad. The...

January 6, 2023 12:16 pm

Challenging China: Turkey Walks a Fine Line on Repressed Uighurs

An official visit by Turkish officials to Xinjiang to assess the fate of Turkic Muslims in the troubled north-western Chinese province is a risky proposition...

January 3, 2023 12:04 pm

Saudi Arabia Ups Its Mideast Sports Gamble

One-upmanship in Middle Eastern sports just went up a notch as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will join state-owned Saudi football club Al Nassr FC for a...


Stormy Daniels ‘Proud’ of Trump’s Indictment

i24 News - Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, gave an interview on Friday to the British paper The Times, in the midst of media turmoil following the...


Three Israelis Wounded in Car Ramming Attack in West Bank

i24 News - Israeli forces have reported a hit and run attack in village of Beit Omer near Hebron, in the West Bank. The terrorist has been neutralized, according to local...

Middle East

Iran’s Judiciary Chief Threatens to Prosecute ‘Without Mercy...

Faced with an increasing number of women defying the compulsory dress code, Iran’s judiciary chief has threatened to prosecute "without...

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